A Life in Stitches: Knitting My Way through Love, Loss, and Laughter

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In these 20 heartfelt essays, Rachael Herron celebrated romance novelist by day, 911 dispatcher by night, and founder of the hugely popular blog Yarnagogo.com shows how when life unravels there's always a way to knit it back together again, many times into something even better. Honest, funny, and full of warmth, Herron's tales, each inspired by something she knit or something knit for her, will speak to anyone who has ever picked up a pair of needles. From her very first sweater (a hilarious disaster, to say the...

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Overview

In these 20 heartfelt essays, Rachael Herron celebrated romance novelist by day, 911 dispatcher by night, and founder of the hugely popular blog Yarnagogo.com shows how when life unravels there's always a way to knit it back together again, many times into something even better. Honest, funny, and full of warmth, Herron's tales, each inspired by something she knit or something knit for her, will speak to anyone who has ever picked up a pair of needles. From her very first sweater (a hilarious disaster, to say the least) to the yellow afghan that caused a breakup (and, ultimately, a breakthrough), every piece has a moving story behind it. This beautifully crafted and candid collection is perfect for the knitter who loves to read and the reader who loves to knit.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Novelist and blogger Herron isn’t really old enough to write a memoir. But that doesn’t stop her from sharing interesting, sometimes poignant, and often humorous scenes from her life in 20 essays organized around her life-long passion for knitting. Herron, who is young and attractive enough to sit in bars and knit socks without looking like a nut, turns in honest, well-considered appraisals of choices she’s made, turns she’s taken, and people she’s known. It’s a big year for Herron, whose A Cypress Hollow Yarn series (William Morrow) will hit its third installment in October with Wishes and Stitches. She also writes a popular knitting blog, but the essays here are deeper and more polished than pumped-up blog entries. And while the book has a hipster vibe, the personal truths and revelations mined are universal enough to resonate with all ages. For knitters, opening this book will be like curling up on a couch with a pair of needles, a ball of yarn, and a couple of cocktails with a good girlfriend—a guilt-free indulgence in the twin pleasures of friendship and handicrafts. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452100531
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 8/3/2011
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 641,309
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Rachael Herron is the creator of Yarnagogo.com, which receives over 90,000 hits a month, and the author of the novel How to Knit a Love Song. She lives with her better half in Oakland, California.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Clara Parkes 8

Introduction 12

Casting On 15

Slip Knot 21

Wrap and Turn 28

Backstitch 35

Double Crochet 41

Circular Knitting 47

Pick Up and Knit 52

Whipstitch 59

Tree of Life 65

Knit Two Together 71

Basket Weave Stitch 77

Stockinette Stitch 84

Maidens and Flyers 90

Duplicate Stitch 96

Blanket Stitch 102

Chain Stitch 108

Negative Ease 114

Join in the Round 122

Drafting Triangle 129

Repeat to End 135

Yarnagogo's Easy Cabled Hot-Water Bottle Cozy 142

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted September 7, 2011

    Love it! A Memoir to Savor

    Key admission: I'm a knitter, so I *get* from where the author writes. But even if you don't knit, this is a poignant memoir. Ms. Herron has made the sorts of mistakes we all make in coming into ourselves, and has learned from them, especially that mistakes are often not the sorts of things cast in stone. In knitting you can frog or tink (unknit), in writing you can edit, and in life, you can say you're sorry, and try to work it out. I cried for the loss of her mom, I cried over her kitty, Digit's loss and re-found. And through it all, I nodded over the community we knitter's have made for ourselves, local and worldwide thru the web. Nodded and smiled.
    Read this. You'll be a better person for it. (Then make sure you pick up her novels...they're all really good and a lot of fun! She's got an easy, breezy style.)

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2012

    A Pleasant Surprise!

    This is a wonderful book of personal essays based on Herron's life. Very thought provoking. I bought 2 copies so I could give one away.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2011

    Must Read

    Just finished A Life in Stiches and couldn't put it down. What a wonnderful collection of essays, Rachael is very easy to relate to. You do not have to be a knitter to enjoy. Once again an enjoyable read from Racheal and I can't wait for her next book in October!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2012

    Fun, easy read

    Im a knitter, so I relate. But even a non knitter would enjoy this book. Fast read and highly enjoyable.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    Life in Stitches Review

    I started out liking the book, but when the writer (female), a quarter of the way through, started writing about liking men and women and dating women, I was turned off. Not interested any longer. I want my money back!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 30, 2012

    Highly recommend for all knitters out there

    This book was a treat! Although I ususally don't like essays or short stories, this book allowed me a quick break from all 3 of the "heavy duty" books I am currently slogging through. Just a quick break, a change of pace. I could identify as a knitter with most of the stories Rachael Herron has "essayed" about in this book!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2012

    Loved this little book.

    Very surprised how much I enjoyed these short stories with the thread of knitting as a focal point. Will read more by Rachael.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2012

    Knitting info and a good read

    If you like books that are a fun read and include the "knitting community", this one is for you. A quick fun read that reads as a biography with a little bit about knitting included. Loved the knitting instructions at the back of the book! Will definitely read another book by this author!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2012

    Would not recommend

    I tried several times to read this and couldn't get through the first few pages.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2012

    If you like to knit very good

    slow reading not keeping my inerst.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2012

    A great read that any crafter will relate to!

    For those of us who love to "play with sticks and string," these essays say it all. While my personal life experiences are quite different from those of Ms Herron, we share a common bond in our love of yarn. To quote Elizabeth Zimmerman: "Knit on, with hope and confidence, through all..."

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 18, 2013

    This was my first dip into the ebook realm. What a wonderful set

    This was my first dip into the ebook realm. What a wonderful set of essays! I am a crafter so I find such delight in reading stories that weave a story with a passion. I read this in one day! I was hooked and thoroughly enjoyed the fabric of this story! I then started following Rachael's blog and her adventures in Venice, Italy, a place I had recently visited.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    I like it

    I like it

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2012

    Great read!

    Couldn't put it down yet I didn't want it to end!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 1, 2012

    recommend for all knitters and crocheters

    This book made me want to pick up my needles and hooks and get created

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Very uplifting book. Got me through a stressful time in my personal life.

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  • Posted April 30, 2012

    What a fun read!

    Ms. Herron beautifully knits a fascinating life story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    Life in Stitches is a gret book

    Life in Stitches has been a really good book. I'm only in the beginning but when I get more into it I thunk I'll give it a better rating! But I totally recomend it to all of you guys out there!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2012

    Kiss

    Mu

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted December 29, 2012

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